How to Decorate with Indigo Mudcloth Pillows

How to Decorate with Indigo Mudcloth Pillows

AFRICAN INDIGO MUDCLOTH IS HOME DECOR’S HOTTEST TREND AMONG INTERIOR DESIGNERS.

The textile has become a must have here in the states, and thus an important export for West Africa. It is becoming more and more prevalent in America’s fashion and home decor scene.

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African mudcloth is also known as bogolan. It is handwoven into strips, sewn together to make one large piece and then often expertly dyed. Methods for dyeing include tribal patterns hand drawn and or stamped in mud, and also using a tie resist method and dyed using indigo.

The result is a design that the interior designers of today crave, but did you know that this is a centuries old practice with cultural significance?

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Each design is unique, featuring one of a kind patterns that often come out like dots, ladders, butterflies or a DNA helix.

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In the SHOPTEOT collection, we call this favorite pillow the TOTO, named after one of our favorite Yacht Rock Bands who wrote the smooth tune, God Bless the Rains! The song always springs to mind when we lay eyes on the lovely inky blues of this textile.

How to Decorate with Indigo Mudcloth Pillows

The rich hue mixes well in the TEOT collection that favors rich texture, earthy hue and a mix of pattern.
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We source our African Indigo from local dealers here in Los Angeles that we have met through the antiques market circuit.

Stacks of african indigo mudcloth

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We feel that the inky blue hues of this hand dyed textile mix in nicely with the many indigos of other cultures, like the batik of the Hmong Hill Tribes, Chinese resist textiles, as well as the shibori tie-dye arts of Japan.

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Tossed into the mix along with some fine greenery and the organic textures of rattan and wicker, your vintage indigo mudcloth is right at home.

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